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Photo Gallery One, miscellaneous Edward shots: pics

Photo Gallery Two, his grandparents' golden anniversary: Wirtz 50th


Letter: So far have only come across him mention in 1932


Paper Trail (his obituary and his wife's)


Section on his wife's family: Burke/McMahon


Edward J. Pfleger

10-9-1914 to 10-1-1997











Agnes V. Burke

7-28-1917 to 11-1-2006



current generations not named to protect their privacy



Oscar Pfleger


Annie Wirtz

spouse's parents:

William Burke


Mary McMahon

maternal grandparents:

Hubert Wirtz and Mary Krump


paternal grandparents:

Johann/John Pfleger and Maria Grimm

maternal aunts & uncles:

Gertrude Wirtz & Emil Wiedemann, Barbara (Sr. M. Louise), Mary Wirtz & Edwin Enk, Charles Wirtz, Tony Wirtz


paternal aunts & uncles:

c. 1878-Henry Pfleger & Louise Lift; 1883-Lou Pfleger & Gert Bornhofen; c.1885-Dell Pfleger & Harry Wachdorf; 1888-Irene Pfleger & Edward Wachdorf


To see Pfleger ancestors going back to the 1600s, click here: Pfleger Family tree

Click on any photo to enlarge. Once enlarged, to zoom, move cursor to right of image, back onto image, and click again.

clockwise from left: Eddie, his father Oscar Pfleger, his brother Henry, his uncle Harry Wachdorf, his sister Eleanor

Seated on right with his mother and sister (father behind his mother). Next photo is same with labels

same as previous, labeled

from left: Dell, Eddie (I think), his aunt Gert P , cousin Catherine, cousin Marie, cousin Leona, Oscar, uncle Lou (father of girls), sister Eleanor

Eddie and Agnes; they married 7-28-1917 in Chicago

Agnes Burke Pfleger

from left: his Uncle Harry Wachdorf, Ed Pfleger, his mother Annie Wirtz Pfleger, Kittie Grimm (his father's maternal aunt), aunt Dell Pfleger Wachdorf

1-6-1934 at his brother Henry's wedding, slightly less blurred shot of same group that is in next shot (third shot same as 2nd, with labels)

1-6-1934 at his brother Henry's wedding (next photo is same shot with everyone labeled)

the labeled version. Edward Pfleger is #29

6-22-1935 unknown woman, Ed Pfleger, bride Marion Noble Pfleger, his brother groom Louis Pfleger, his sister Eleanor Pfleger

his mass card 1997


from his aunt Irene Wachdorf to her daughter 10-13-1932: "Christine and Genevieve were here for lunch today and can you imagine just as we were sitting down to eat who should drop in but Edward Pfleger and Edward Wachdorf Jr. (Oh yes, I forgot to tell you, Edward is working with Edward Pfleger again for a while)... of course you know Edward knew the girls would be here and Uncle Oscar is away for a few days with the boss so it was fine coming home for dinner. Well we all had a fine time..." (this is the only mention of him, but to read full letter, click here: 10-13-1932 Irene)

Paper Trail

1997 obituary (names of current generations removed to protect their privacy): Edward J. Pfleger, ate 82, at Long Beach, IN, beloved husband for 60 years of Agnes V., nee Burke, loving father of *** and ***; dear "Papa" of ***, ***, ***, and ***; fond brother of Louis (the late Marion), Eleanor (Robert) Wilson and the late Herbert, John and Henry (Margaret) Pfleger; brother-in-law of Elizabeth (George) Devine, Edward (Lauretta) and the late William (the late Helen) Burke. Mass 2929 W. 87th St. to Christ the King Church, interment St. Mary's. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame Church, Long Beach, IN.

2006 obituary for Agnes (died 11-1-2006) from the Chicago Tribune, 11-3-2006: Agnes V. Pfleger, nee Burke, age 89, beloved wife of the late Edward J. Pfleger, St.; loving mother of ***, and ***; devoted grandma of ***, ***, *** and ***; devoted sister of Elizabeth (the late George) Devine and Edward R. (Lauretta) Burke; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave. on Saturday morning for visitation 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Catholic Charities Maternity/Adoption Services, 651 W. Lake St., Chicago IL 60661 appreciated.


Based on the names Elizabeth, Edward and William as siblings of Agnes (listed in Edward obit)...

1910 census, Chicago, Princeton ave.: William Burke, age 36, born in Ireland, immigrated 1900, occupation: trucker in freight house, married two years to Mary Burke, age 26, born in Ireland, immigrated 1904. Daughter Mary, one year and one month, born in Illinois. Also in the household: Michael McMahon, brother-in-law,24, born in Ireland, immigrated 1905, occupation: shipping clerk. John McMahon, brother-in-law, 20, immigrated 1908, freight handler in freight house. Teresa McMahon, sister-in-law, 15, born in Ireland, immigrated 1908, occupation: addresses envelopes.

1920 census, Chicago, Wentworth Ave: William Burke has only aged 4 years in the decade, and puts his age as 40. His immigration from Ireland has shifted backwards to 1898, naturalized 1903. Occupation: freight handler for railroad (LS or DS RR?). Wife Mary, 25, immigrated from Ireland 1904. Daughter Mary, 10; daughter Elizabeth, 9; son William, 6; daughter Agnes, 2 years 4 months; son Edward, 6 months (all born in Illinois). Also in the house, Michael McMahon, brother, age 33, immigrated from Ireland 1905, naturalized 1919, occupation: checker for dry goods store. Also in the house, Mike Kaplan, roomer, parents from Sweden, works in restaurant, 37.

Agnes born 7-28-1917